Mike Policastro, a native of Parsippany New Jersey, has been Cleveland State's Head Baseball Coach for 24 years.
Policastro is a 1983 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education while lettering in baseball. He also served as a student assistant baseball coach in 1983 while completing his degree. Prior to graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan he attended and played baseball at Hiwassee Junior College.
Coach Policastro accepted his first collegiate head coaching position at the age of 23 when he was hired at his alma mater Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1985 at that time he was one of the youngest head coaches in collegiate baseball.
While at Tennessee Wesleyan Policastro compiled a record of 144 wins and 116 loses in the competitive Tennessee Virginia Athletic Conference. He led the Bulldogs to two TVAC Conference titles in 1992 and 1993, and two District 24 second place finishes. He was named TVAC conference coach of the year in 1992 and 1993 and Louisville Slugger conference coach of the year in 1993.
Coach Policastro was named head baseball coach at Cleveland State Community College in 1993. In his 18 years he has a career record of 583-406. During his tenure the Cougars have been a force in the always difficult TCCAA. The Cougars have one eastern division title, eight second place finishes and two state and region runner- ups in 1996 and 2005. Policastro was named TJCCAA coach of the year in 1996.
Coach Policastro has coached 20 players who have gone on to play professional baseball and over 220 players who have signed four-year college scholarships.
Many Cougar baseball players have also been recognized for their academic success. Being named to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association All - Academic Team as well as being named Academic All American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
He was named Athletic Director at Cleveland State in 1999. Under his direction an emphasis was put into renovating and improving all of the college’s athletic facilities. With the renovation and upgrade to the athletic facilities, Cleveland State athletes play and practice on outstanding facilities.
Coach Policastro and his wife Elaine have three children, Chris 28, Michelle 24, and Kyle 20.